Google Celebrates Zora Neale Hurston’s 123rd Birthday

The Internet did good today.

By Jamilah King Jan 07, 2014

It makes sense for the world’s largest search engine to be obsessed with orderly numbers, so maybe that’s why Google has decided to celebrate black writer Zora Neale Hurston’s 123rd birthday (or maybe they just did it because she’s brilliant). On Tuesday the internet giant adorned its famous homepage with an illustrated and hyperlinked portrait of Hurston set against a backdrop of what looks like a Florida swamp, landscape that featured prominently in her early 20th century work as an anthropologist, folklorist and author. 

Hurston, whose most famous work was her novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God," was a prominent figure during the Harlem Reniassance but faded into obscurity by the time of her death in 1960. Her life’s work was then rediscovered by Alice Walker in the mid-1970’s and has since gained recognition as one of the most important 20th century black writers.